Season 3 Episode 15

Infinite Possibilities (2): Icarus Abides

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2001 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Jack (The Ancient) unlocks the wormhole knowledge in Crichton's mind so together they can build a device to destroy the Scarran dreadnought.

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  • Nice end - but a little too unrealistic moment of passing


    Yes, it was a nice, emotional end to the life of John Chricton (one of them, anyways) these kind of sappy goodbyes make me misty-eyed.

    However, i have one remark that questions the realism of his death (well, as much realism as one can get out of a sci fi setting anyway) and kind of breaks the whole romantic moment when he dies:

    - Isn't a person dying from radiation poisoning supposed to be affected physically, such as convulsing, losing his hair, experience seizures and puking up blood uncontrollably?

    I understand the need for a sad ending and all... but clear-cut radiation poisoning would realistically bring on those symptoms before death. It would have been better if the cause of death had been something a little more fantastic; in which tthe calm and still lucid passing of John Crichton could easily be explained away.moreless
  • Overrated

    The episode had some fun bits. There's one surprising twist and some nice action.


    Furlow's betrayal was a surprise to me although there were enough hints along the way. Harvey's exit is a bit pointless since this version of John dies soon after and Harvey presumably is still ensconced comfortably in the other John's head. The Scarrans (in the dreadnaught) - whom I don't think we see - get blown out of space but I don't think we know if they managed to pass on some wormhole knowledge to others of their kind.

    What killed the episode for me was the deus-ex nature of John's radiation poisoning and the ridiculously drawn out and tearful final goodbye. It all gets a bit laughable when you think that there's a John clone (or maybe that one's the original) sitting hale and hearty on Moya.moreless
  • The one where Crichton dies...

    What a great episode this was, a lot of important stuff happened and two people died. I know its sad that Crichton died but i am certain that he will be brought back by the next episode. But for Jack the ancient i think he is gone forever. I didn't predict that Furlow would double cross the group but she did, and got away so she could be coming back in the future. I liked how Ayren and Crichton hot closer in this episode and how she said that she would go home with him to Earth. I really loved this episode, i hope the next one is good, come back Crichton we are already missing you. You have to give the writrs credit not many TV shows would kill the major chractor.moreless
  • Bravery, courage and tears...

    Together with part 1, this is one of the greatest adventures yet of Farscape!

    At last, the clone of Skorpius' consciousness has been erased from John's brain! Just how crazy was that scene at the beginning of the episode when John says: "Officer Sun!" in typical Skorpi-style! Absolutely crazy! Great scene!

    Absolutely everything was great in this episode.

    A Scaron aboard Talin is finally defeated by Crais and Stark thanks to some trickery.

    Furlow is the perfect coward and just despicable! I hope we won't see her again!

    Rygel gets his revenge on that newly introduced foe!

    And John! Well John is Brave! Too Brave! And that will cost him his life at the end of the episode!

    I really liked the storyline of Aeryn and John on Talin, their Love was getting stronger and stronger! But now all that seems finished! I wonder if the Crichton on Moia will play the same role as the Crichton on Talin. I cant wait to see the next episodes.

    The special effects in this episode were also superb! The wormhole weapon simply spectacular!

    This was the greatest Farscape episode so far! A must see!

  • wow... just... wow. this is one of the episodes of a show that defines it. and amazingly, all that takes is the last 4 minutes.

    the episode itself was more then above average. hopefully the reader (yes, you) has been watching the show from the beginning, knowing the intricacies of everything that has transpired until this point. if not, well, then for God's sake watch the episode before this at least... cause this is some good stuff.

    with most shows it does take some time to really get into them. you have to learn the characters... their back story... everything they have developed until this point in time. and dear God was i surprised... the episode before this was ghastly awful. i was so close to giving up hope. but this episode alone proves how well a series can be as a whole. this alone can define a show. and yes, this episode may have well done just that.

    this is one of the best episodes of tv i have ever seen. honestly, i can say this has happened in only a few times... ever. not because of the episode as a whole... because that was pretty good... but not great... but because of everything the series has lead into. this episode is the culmination of erin and crichton's relationship. it is the pivotal moment between their characters. it is that reason... and that reason alone... that reason that defines the last 5 minutes of this episode... that grants it one of the few perfect 10's i have ever given a show.

    bravo. bravo and well done. this is the reason why i watch this show.moreless
Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski


Guest Star

Thomas Holesgrove

Thomas Holesgrove


Guest Star

Noel Hodda

Noel Hodda

Charrid Leader 2

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Common side effects from radiation poisoning are hair loss and rashes/burns on the skin, but Crichton appears to exhibit none of these symptoms. Instead, his complexion is rather pasty in appearance, and he has kept all of his hair. Perhaps this is a kind of radiation that affects human physiology in a different way than the radiation typically found in Earth's environs.

    • Nitpick: When Jack dies, he morphs back into his normal form, the same that he showed Furlow in the previous episode. But this is different than the appearance he assumed in the first season episode "A Human Reaction", when John asked Jack to show him what he really looked like. In that episode his body was much more frail, and his mouth had articulated mandibles that he used when speaking.

    • We finally get our first glimpse of the thing that has been driving Scorpius- the wormhole weapon, and it proves enormously destructive.

    • Crais and Talyn have begun to regain their vision.

    • Scarrans are notoriously hard to kill. It took two of Talyn's guns, with the Scarran held in place, on continuous fire to take him down.

    • Crichton, with the unlocked wormhole secrets, could have gone home, and Aeryn would have gone with him.

    • Goof: There's a continuity error when images appear as Crichton remembers how the wormhole technology works. An image is shown of Crichton preparing to unlock the equations for Scorpius (from "Incubator"), yet that Crichton was the one inside Scorpius' chip.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Crichton: Jack, what the hell are we building?
      Jack: A displacement engine.
      Crichton: Yeah... Whatever it is will take out a Scarran dreadnought?
      Jack: Yes.
      Crichton: And then?
      Jack: What do you mean?
      Crichton: I mean, how far are you gonna take this? Is this the end, or are you gonna try to put all the toothpaste back in the tube?
      Jack: I doubt that's possible.
      Crichton: But you're gonna give it the ol' college try, aren't you? You're gonna kill me, Furlow, and Aeryn.
      Jack: Aeryn poses no threat. Furlow... I'm uncertain.
      Crichton: And what about me?
      Jack: I no longer doubt your intentions, John.

    • Aeryn: (to a Charrid as he crawls towards his gun) Run away... be smart... run away! (he grabs the gun, and she shoots him) Should have run.

    • Crichton: (as the Ancients' knowledge suddenly unlocks in his mind) I got it, Aeryn, I got it! It all fits, everything fits, I know how to do this! I can build this thing- I know what it does!
      Aeryn: Can it destroy the dreadnought?
      Crichton: Um, it could destroy a planet...

    • Stark: (after the dreadnought is destroyed) I have no prayer for that.

    • Aeryn: (sad, and helpless now that Crichton is dying) I'm very angry.
      Crichton: Me too.
      Aeryn: We had good times.
      Crichton: I wouldn't change it for the world. (Aeryn touches his cheek tenderly) You made me a better person.
      Aeryn: (smiling) That wasn't hard. (Crichton smiles and offers a slight chuckle. Aeryn's smile falls) I love you. So much.
      Crichton: (turning to Aeryn) I love you.
      Aeryn: I would've gone to Earth.
      Crichton: I'm sorry you never got to meet my dad. My real dad. I'm sorry I never met your dad. I'm sorry about a lot of things.
      Aeryn: Don't be. I don't want you to go that way.
      Crichton: I won't. (he shows discomfort) Ugh.
      Aeryn: (concerned) What?
      Crichton: (labored) They say a lucky or unambitious man goes when he's ready. That said... Scorpius is gone, I'm at peace, I don't hurt. I... I did some good things. (Aeryn nods) I'm proud of my life... when I'm with you. (Aeryn smiles and begins to cry as she strokes his cheek. Then she moves in front of Crichton and kisses him tenderly at first and then more passionately and deeply) Don't worry about me. I've never felt better.

    • Crais: The... radiation sickness treatments from Talyn's emergency kits should...
      Crichton: (labored) Relax. That was a big hit. Nothing to be done. And I hate long good-byes.
      Crais: Your sacrifice... does not go unnoted, Commander.
      Crichton: (labored) Crais... you... find the better part of yourself. You... have to take care of them.
      Crais: I will. I, uh, hope you can believe that. Good-bye, Crichton.
      (Crichton nods weakly and Crais departs)
      Crichton: (labored) Hey, hey, hey... Sparky.
      Rygel: They say... it's not good.
      Crichton: Sparky, come here. My stuff... you can't have it.
      (Crichton chuckles softly and Rygel laughs measuredly. Crichton coughs.)
      Rygel: It will be hard not to think of you.
      Crichton: I'm gonna miss you, Dominar.

    • Crichton: There's my flare. Mama Crichton's baby boy making wormholes.

    • Furlow: Don't be the hero John. Always be the one to walk away while the hero dies. That's my motto.

    • Crichton: It doesn't work?
      Aeryn: Uh huh.
      Crichton: How the hell could we have the only gun on the planet that doesn't work?
      Aeryn: It's your fault.
      Crichton: My fault?!
      Aeryn: Well you know if I was here on my own it would have been working right now.

    • Furlow: OK, we use this box to stop them, but later we talk business.
      Crichton: You help me and I will make you Miss 21st Century Wormhole.

    • Crichton: Is it always about the money?
      Furlow: Is there anything else? I mean, how much sex can you have?
      Crichton: I don't know, I haven't maxed out yet.

    • Crais: Scarran dreadnought, this is Captain Bialar Crais, Peacekeeper. Approach any closer- you will be engaged, and destroyed!
      Stark: They must be terrified.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The race between the dune buggies was originally scripted as battle between fighter craft in space, before it was decided that it would be better to have more of the action take place actually on the planet.

    • One of the Farscape DVD's covering the Farscape Facts as an extra feature state this is Kent McCord's first on-screen death since something like the 1960s. In Airplane 2 he plays Navigator Dave Unger who gets sucked out of the airlock, but his actual demise is not shown.

    • Anthony Simcoe and Gigi Edgley are credited but do not appear. Lani Tupu is listed in the closing credits as voicing Pilot, but Pilot does not appear in this episode.


    • Crichton: Don't worry about me. I've never felt better.

      "I've never felt better" were the last words of the famous Black & White movie star Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

    • Title:

      This episode, "Icarus Abides", and the previous episode, "Daedalus Demands" are loosely related to the mythology of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus was a great inventor, who eventually created his greatest invention only to be trapped in it (very similar to what happens to Furlow with the Wormhole). Icarus, who was the son of Daedalus, was also trapped with his father. The two titles are a slight jibe when you take into the dual meaning of abides. Daedalus was the father of Icarus, so if Daedalus demanded, his son Icarus would abide (comply). Abides also means to stay behind which is a reference to the fact that Daedalus created another invention to escape his prison but the invention killed Icarus by accident.